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Why Justice Thomas Loves Wal-Mart

Posted Aug 6, 2009 7:00 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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If you see an RV in a Wal-Mart parking lot this summer, take a second look. One of the occupants could be U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

Thomas’ wife, Ginni, told interviewers on a morning radio show called The Takeaway that she and her husband have traveled through 27 states in their recreational vehicle, and they love to stay in Wal-Mart parking lots.

“We have been in dozens of Wal-Mart parking lots throughout the country. Actually it’s one of our favorite things to do if we’re not having to plug in and we’ve got enough electricity and all that,” Ginni Thomas said, according to a transcript by the Wall Street Journal Law Blog. “But you can get a little shopping in, see part of real America. It’s fun!”

Ginni Thomas confessed that she and her husband prefer to remain anonymous. “Honestly the best thing is when they don’t know who we are. So Clarence gets recognized every once in a while and that sort of puts a damper on things because when we’re out we sort of like to be incognito,” she said.

“It’s not that there’s anything bad that happens when he’s recognized, what actually happens is we kind of get mobbed. We had to leave one site, they got so friendly they looked forward to seeing us every year, that there’d be 20 to 30 people waiting for him to come out of the bus, so we just had to move on.”

The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times also covered the interview.

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